What is the Collaborative Science Conference?

The Collaborative Science Conference is a fundraising event to benefit research of the Citizen Science Foundation.

Speakers – Class of 2024

CoSci 2024 speakers who graciously donated their time for this event

Matthew Budoff, MDKeynote

Matthew Jay Budoff, MD, FACC, FAHA, is a professor of medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Endowed Chair of Preventive Cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Budoff is a graduate of University of California at Riverside (BS) and graduated a member of Alpha Omega Alpha from George Washington University School of Medicine (MD).
Dr. Budoff has author or coauthored more than 50 books and book chapters and more than 1000 articles. He has received numerous research grants from the National Institutes of Health. In addition to his 2015 appointment as the Endowed Chair of Preventive Cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, he has been recognized for his work by the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, from which he received the Gold Medal Award and recently designated as Master of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (MSCCT).

Matthew Budoff, MDKeynote

Matthew Jay Budoff, MD, FACC, FAHA, is a professor of medicine at David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Endowed Chair of Preventive Cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Budoff is a graduate of University of California at Riverside (BS) and graduated a member of Alpha Omega Alpha from George Washington University School of Medicine (MD).
Dr. Budoff has author or coauthored more than 50 books and book chapters and more than 1000 articles. He has received numerous research grants from the National Institutes of Health. In addition to his 2015 appointment as the Endowed Chair of Preventive Cardiology at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, he has been recognized for his work by the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography, from which he received the Gold Medal Award and recently designated as Master of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (MSCCT).

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Nadir Ali, MDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Nadir Ali is an interventional cardiologist with nearly three decades of clinical experience. He started his career in academia at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas where he was assistant professor of medicine and the Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Debakey VA Medical Center. While he specializes in coronary stenting for individuals presenting with chest pain and heart attacks, his passion over the last decade has been the application and practice of carbohydrate restricted diets, intermittent fasting, optimal exercise, and adequate sleep as primary modalities to improve human health. In his role as a cardiologist, he has extensive experience in cholesterol and lipoprotein effects of a low carbohydrate diet. The clinical experience gathered from a busy practice is shared with the public at large through a YouTube Channel “Eat Most Fats”. He has been a part of “Intensive Dietary Management” and “The Fasting Method” with Jason Fung and Megan Ramos. Dr. Ali combine his broad clinical experience in the application of low carbohydrate diets in individuals with heart disease in Diabetes while being involved in other facets of traditional mainstream medicine. He is advocate for change in public health guidelines away from prescriptive medicine by educating the healthcare professionals about the benefits carbohydrate restricted diets. Over his career he has served as Chairman, Department of Medicine at HCA Clear Lake medical center and is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors at the same institution.

Nadir Ali, MDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Nadir Ali is an interventional cardiologist with nearly three decades of clinical experience. He started his career in academia at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas where he was assistant professor of medicine and the Director of Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at the Debakey VA Medical Center. While he specializes in coronary stenting for individuals presenting with chest pain and heart attacks, his passion over the last decade has been the application and practice of carbohydrate restricted diets, intermittent fasting, optimal exercise, and adequate sleep as primary modalities to improve human health. In his role as a cardiologist, he has extensive experience in cholesterol and lipoprotein effects of a low carbohydrate diet. The clinical experience gathered from a busy practice is shared with the public at large through a YouTube Channel “Eat Most Fats”. He has been a part of “Intensive Dietary Management” and “The Fasting Method” with Jason Fung and Megan Ramos. Dr. Ali combine his broad clinical experience in the application of low carbohydrate diets in individuals with heart disease in Diabetes while being involved in other facets of traditional mainstream medicine. He is advocate for change in public health guidelines away from prescriptive medicine by educating the healthcare professionals about the benefits carbohydrate restricted diets. Over his career he has served as Chairman, Department of Medicine at HCA Clear Lake medical center and is the current Chairman of the Board of Directors at the same institution.

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Ken Berry, MDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Ken Berry is a practicing board-certified physician, an Amazon Best Selling author, and a passionate advocate of health on his YouTube channel where he has over 300,000 subscribers. Along with his online presence, he is active in his own community of Camden Tennessee where he has been practicing at The Berry Clinic since 2003. Dr. Berry is known for his direct, no-nonsense approach to health and wellness. After signing with Victory Belt Publishing House this year, Dr. Berry is set to release the second edition of his best selling book Lies My Doctor Told Me in 2019. He is also in the process of writing his second book called Common Sense Keto for Type II Diabetes. He looks forward to working with the real people of the world in continuing his mission to bring an end to the obesity and Type II diabetes epidemics, along with bringing awareness to such issues as thyroid health and hormone optimization.

Ken Berry, MDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Ken Berry is a practicing board-certified physician, an Amazon Best Selling author, and a passionate advocate of health on his YouTube channel where he has over 300,000 subscribers. Along with his online presence, he is active in his own community of Camden Tennessee where he has been practicing at The Berry Clinic since 2003. Dr. Berry is known for his direct, no-nonsense approach to health and wellness. After signing with Victory Belt Publishing House this year, Dr. Berry is set to release the second edition of his best selling book Lies My Doctor Told Me in 2019. He is also in the process of writing his second book called Common Sense Keto for Type II Diabetes. He looks forward to working with the real people of the world in continuing his mission to bring an end to the obesity and Type II diabetes epidemics, along with bringing awareness to such issues as thyroid health and hormone optimization.

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Ben Bikman, PhDFeatured Speaker

Benjamin Bikman earned his Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Duke-National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders. Currently, his professional focus as a scientist and professor (Brigham Young University) is to better understand the role of elevated insulin and nutrient metabolism in regulating obesity, diabetes, and dementia.

Ben Bikman, PhDFeatured Speaker

Benjamin Bikman earned his Ph.D. in Bioenergetics and was a postdoctoral fellow with the Duke-National University of Singapore in metabolic disorders. Currently, his professional focus as a scientist and professor (Brigham Young University) is to better understand the role of elevated insulin and nutrient metabolism in regulating obesity, diabetes, and dementia.

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Ben Bocchicchio, PhDFeatured Speaker

Dr Vincent (Ben Bocchicchio) has been a leader in the fields of
Health and Fitness for nearly 50 years! In 1974, he created and brought slow resistance training to the exercise world. The “Spin-offs” of his system include: Super Slow, Slow Burn, the Perfect workout and a host of other slow resistance programs. He also prescribed low carbohydrate eating and was trained in Therapeutic Fasting in 1997. In the 1970’s, the N.Y. press named him “The Fitness Guru.” 50 years later he’s referred to as the “Godfather of Modern Fitness and Diet”.
Dr Ben holds Doctoral degrees in Exercise and Health but considers himself a teacher and clinician and prides himself in working on programs and protocols that solve the most prevalent health and wellness concerns. In his best -selling book, “15 Minutes to Fitness” he explains the importance of the combination of diet and exercise in the quest for optimal health, performance, vitality and appearance.
As a double PhD…Dr Ben (Exercise Physiology and Health) has contributed more than 200 articles, papers and studies to the Fitness and Health fields. He has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on IRB studies with major universities and a consultant to scores of schools, teams, corporations and medical practices regarding exercise, wellness and health.
Dr. Ben introduced and described Slow training to Arthur Jones, Ell Darden and Ken Hutchins while they were at Nautilus Sports/Medicine. He also taught many of the Nautilus practitioners who became founders of the Historic Nautilus movement in the 1970’s and 80’s. He was also the pioneer who first applied resistance training to clinical phase two cardiac rehabilitation. It was novel in 1984 but is now accepted medical protocol.
When asked to explain why many people using and teaching his slow training methods don’t even know of his foundational role, Dr Ben replies: “I was a “lone wolf” when I started the movement. Quite frankly, I was not impressed with the exercise science or any practitioners or “experts” for many years. I was content studying the science on my own and developing my applications in my own facilities while making a lot of money doing it”
“Someone sent me some material developed by Doug McGuff around 2010 and I thought that finally someone knew what they were talking about. I didn’t agree with the application of some of the tenets of high intensity exercise expressed BUT I completely agreed with his understanding of the relevant metabolic consequences and pathways involved.”
Dr. Ben says: “I have always done extensive consulting and teaching on a private basis to the health, performance and popularist bases but recently have become overwhelmed with requests for information, presentations, formal consulting contracts etc. I try to be selective and honest with my choices of projects, hoping that my input will have a good chance of representing the power of exercise and diet in managing human health and function positively.”
He has presented and constructed published clinical trials utilizing his SMaRT training protocol including a collaboration with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with juvenile arthritis patients (JIA). He is one of the elite exercise experts accepted by TASA (Technical Adviser Services) as a legal expert in the field.
From hardware configurations to specific exercise protocol applications, Dr. Ben has provided valuable insight and direction to many of the leading entities and individuals in the field for more than 50 years. Now, in his 70’s Dr. Ben continues to be a most sought- after speaker, teacher and cohort in a large number of cutting-edge exercise and health enterprises.
Everyone knows that diet and exercise are essential for any aspirations for a high quality, healthy life but few understand which specific applications and combinations of these two are the most consistently powerful and effective. Dr. Ben has probably provided that solution to tens of thousands of people, more successfully than anyone for nearly the last 50 years!

Ben Bocchicchio, PhDFeatured Speaker

Dr Vincent (Ben Bocchicchio) has been a leader in the fields of
Health and Fitness for nearly 50 years! In 1974, he created and brought slow resistance training to the exercise world. The “Spin-offs” of his system include: Super Slow, Slow Burn, the Perfect workout and a host of other slow resistance programs. He also prescribed low carbohydrate eating and was trained in Therapeutic Fasting in 1997. In the 1970’s, the N.Y. press named him “The Fitness Guru.” 50 years later he’s referred to as the “Godfather of Modern Fitness and Diet”.
Dr Ben holds Doctoral degrees in Exercise and Health but considers himself a teacher and clinician and prides himself in working on programs and protocols that solve the most prevalent health and wellness concerns. In his best -selling book, “15 Minutes to Fitness” he explains the importance of the combination of diet and exercise in the quest for optimal health, performance, vitality and appearance.
As a double PhD…Dr Ben (Exercise Physiology and Health) has contributed more than 200 articles, papers and studies to the Fitness and Health fields. He has been a principal investigator and co-investigator on IRB studies with major universities and a consultant to scores of schools, teams, corporations and medical practices regarding exercise, wellness and health.
Dr. Ben introduced and described Slow training to Arthur Jones, Ell Darden and Ken Hutchins while they were at Nautilus Sports/Medicine. He also taught many of the Nautilus practitioners who became founders of the Historic Nautilus movement in the 1970’s and 80’s. He was also the pioneer who first applied resistance training to clinical phase two cardiac rehabilitation. It was novel in 1984 but is now accepted medical protocol.
When asked to explain why many people using and teaching his slow training methods don’t even know of his foundational role, Dr Ben replies: “I was a “lone wolf” when I started the movement. Quite frankly, I was not impressed with the exercise science or any practitioners or “experts” for many years. I was content studying the science on my own and developing my applications in my own facilities while making a lot of money doing it”
“Someone sent me some material developed by Doug McGuff around 2010 and I thought that finally someone knew what they were talking about. I didn’t agree with the application of some of the tenets of high intensity exercise expressed BUT I completely agreed with his understanding of the relevant metabolic consequences and pathways involved.”
Dr. Ben says: “I have always done extensive consulting and teaching on a private basis to the health, performance and popularist bases but recently have become overwhelmed with requests for information, presentations, formal consulting contracts etc. I try to be selective and honest with my choices of projects, hoping that my input will have a good chance of representing the power of exercise and diet in managing human health and function positively.”
He has presented and constructed published clinical trials utilizing his SMaRT training protocol including a collaboration with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine with juvenile arthritis patients (JIA). He is one of the elite exercise experts accepted by TASA (Technical Adviser Services) as a legal expert in the field.
From hardware configurations to specific exercise protocol applications, Dr. Ben has provided valuable insight and direction to many of the leading entities and individuals in the field for more than 50 years. Now, in his 70’s Dr. Ben continues to be a most sought- after speaker, teacher and cohort in a large number of cutting-edge exercise and health enterprises.
Everyone knows that diet and exercise are essential for any aspirations for a high quality, healthy life but few understand which specific applications and combinations of these two are the most consistently powerful and effective. Dr. Ben has probably provided that solution to tens of thousands of people, more successfully than anyone for nearly the last 50 years!

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William Cromwell, MDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Cromwell received his doctoral degree in medicine from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He completed residency training at the Trover Clinic Foundation in Madisonville, KY, where he received one of twenty national Mead Johnson Graduate Fellowships. Subsequently, he completed postgraduate work in Lipid Disorders at the Washington University School of Medicine Lipid Research Center in St. Louis, MO.

Since 1990, Dr. Cromwell's practice has specialized in managing lipid (cholesterol and triglyceride) and lipoprotein (particles that carry lipids) disorders. In addition to over 30 years of clinical practice experience, his career includes 14 years of service as Medical Director / Division Chief of Lipoprotein and Metabolic Disorders at multiple institutions, six years as Chief Medical Officer of LipoScience, and four years as Strategic Director / Discipline Director of Cardiovascular Disease at LabCorp.

Dr. Cromwell currently serves as the Medical Director and Principle Investigator at Velocity Clinical Research in Durham, NC, Chief of the Lipoprotein and Metabolic Disorders Institute in Raleigh, NC, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Hypertension and Vascular Disease Center at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Dr. Cromwell is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology, Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, Fellow of the American Heart Association Council on Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Fellow of the National Lipid Association, and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Cromwell has authored over two dozen peer-reviewed papers on evaluating and managing lipoprotein disorders, as well as numerous invited reviews and book chapters on lipoprotein analytics.

William Cromwell, MDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Cromwell received his doctoral degree in medicine from the Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA. He completed residency training at the Trover Clinic Foundation in Madisonville, KY, where he received one of twenty national Mead Johnson Graduate Fellowships. Subsequently, he completed postgraduate work in Lipid Disorders at the Washington University School of Medicine Lipid Research Center in St. Louis, MO.

Since 1990, Dr. Cromwell's practice has specialized in managing lipid (cholesterol and triglyceride) and lipoprotein (particles that carry lipids) disorders. In addition to over 30 years of clinical practice experience, his career includes 14 years of service as Medical Director / Division Chief of Lipoprotein and Metabolic Disorders at multiple institutions, six years as Chief Medical Officer of LipoScience, and four years as Strategic Director / Discipline Director of Cardiovascular Disease at LabCorp.

Dr. Cromwell currently serves as the Medical Director and Principle Investigator at Velocity Clinical Research in Durham, NC, Chief of the Lipoprotein and Metabolic Disorders Institute in Raleigh, NC, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Hypertension and Vascular Disease Center at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Dr. Cromwell is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Lipidology, Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine, Fellow of the American Heart Association Council on Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, Fellow of the National Lipid Association, and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Dr. Cromwell has authored over two dozen peer-reviewed papers on evaluating and managing lipoprotein disorders, as well as numerous invited reviews and book chapters on lipoprotein analytics.

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Dominic D'Agostino, PhDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Dominic D’Agostino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He is also a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). In addition to his teaching responsibilities, his laboratory develops and tests nutritional strategies and metabolic-based therapies for neurological disorders, cancer and metabolic optimization. He is conducting basic science research and human clinical trials. He has a personal interest in environmental medicine and methods to enhance safety and physiological resilience of military personnel in extreme environments. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and nonprofit foundations

Dominic D'Agostino, PhDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Dominic D’Agostino is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He is also a Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). In addition to his teaching responsibilities, his laboratory develops and tests nutritional strategies and metabolic-based therapies for neurological disorders, cancer and metabolic optimization. He is conducting basic science research and human clinical trials. He has a personal interest in environmental medicine and methods to enhance safety and physiological resilience of military personnel in extreme environments. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and nonprofit foundations

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David Diamond, PhDFeatured Speaker

David Diamond received his Ph.D. in Biology in 1985 from the University of California, Irvine, with a specialization in neuroscience. He recently retired as a Career Scientist in the Department of Veterans Affairs after almost 30 years of service and is currently a Professor in the Cognitive, Neural and Social Science Division of the Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida. Dr. Diamond has been funded by the VA, NIH, DoD, NSF and pharmaceutical companies in his neuroscience research, with over 150 publications, reviews and book chapters. In the past decade, Dr. Diamond has expanded his research program to address controversial issues involving cardiovascular disease and nutrition, with publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. In recognition of the importance of his work to global healthcare, he has been invited to present his research at numerous domestic and international nutrition, cardiology, obesity and diabetes meetings. He has delivered lectures with over a million views addressing how the public and healthcare workers have been misinformed about the purported risk of high serum cholesterol and the appearance of substantial benefits of medications that lower cholesterol.

David Diamond, PhDFeatured Speaker

David Diamond received his Ph.D. in Biology in 1985 from the University of California, Irvine, with a specialization in neuroscience. He recently retired as a Career Scientist in the Department of Veterans Affairs after almost 30 years of service and is currently a Professor in the Cognitive, Neural and Social Science Division of the Department of Psychology at the University of South Florida. Dr. Diamond has been funded by the VA, NIH, DoD, NSF and pharmaceutical companies in his neuroscience research, with over 150 publications, reviews and book chapters. In the past decade, Dr. Diamond has expanded his research program to address controversial issues involving cardiovascular disease and nutrition, with publications in peer-reviewed medical journals. In recognition of the importance of his work to global healthcare, he has been invited to present his research at numerous domestic and international nutrition, cardiology, obesity and diabetes meetings. He has delivered lectures with over a million views addressing how the public and healthcare workers have been misinformed about the purported risk of high serum cholesterol and the appearance of substantial benefits of medications that lower cholesterol.

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Richard Johnson, MDFeatured Speaker

Richard J. Johnson, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr Johnson is a clinician and a medical scientist who has been internationally recognized for his work on sugar (and especially fructose and its product, uric acid) and how they may play a role in obesity and diabetes. He has been funded by the National Institute of Health and is widely published, with over 500 academic papers, and with several popular books on the subject, of which the most recent is his book, called Nature Wants Us to Be Fat (Benbella, 2022). In addition, recently he has a new part-time position with RxSugar that is marketing a natural sugar known as allulose.

Richard Johnson, MDFeatured Speaker

Richard J. Johnson, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado. Dr Johnson is a clinician and a medical scientist who has been internationally recognized for his work on sugar (and especially fructose and its product, uric acid) and how they may play a role in obesity and diabetes. He has been funded by the National Institute of Health and is widely published, with over 500 academic papers, and with several popular books on the subject, of which the most recent is his book, called Nature Wants Us to Be Fat (Benbella, 2022). In addition, recently he has a new part-time position with RxSugar that is marketing a natural sugar known as allulose.

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Nicholas Norwitz, PhDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Nicholas Norwitz, PhD completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, graduating Valedictorian and majoring in cell biology and biochemistry. Thereafter, he completed his PhD at the University of Oxford in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, his thesis focused on ketone metabolism and neurodegenerative diseases. He is currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School (MS3), with plans to pursue a residency in internal medicine or pediatrics and a career as a physician-scientist. His current research interests are focused on the metabolic effects of dietary macronutrient manipulation as relates to the carbohydrate insulin model, lipid energy model and the lean mass hyper-responder phenotype.

Nicholas Norwitz, PhDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Nicholas Norwitz, PhD completed his undergraduate studies at Dartmouth College, graduating Valedictorian and majoring in cell biology and biochemistry. Thereafter, he completed his PhD at the University of Oxford in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, his thesis focused on ketone metabolism and neurodegenerative diseases. He is currently a medical student at Harvard Medical School (MS3), with plans to pursue a residency in internal medicine or pediatrics and a career as a physician-scientist. His current research interests are focused on the metabolic effects of dietary macronutrient manipulation as relates to the carbohydrate insulin model, lipid energy model and the lean mass hyper-responder phenotype.

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Amber O'Hearn, MScFeatured Speaker

Amber O’Hearn has an eclectic background, with academic publications in several fields including theoretical mathematics, cognitive psychology, computational linguistics, and more recently, evolutionary nutrition and biology. She has been studying and experimenting with low-carb diets of some form or other for the last 25 years, the last half of which has been specifically the Carnivore Diet, which she helped bring into modern awareness by giving the first conference talks on the diet in 2017, organising the first Carnivore conference in 2019, and writing the first scientific paper with "Carnivore Diet" in the title in 2020. Amber is a free speech maximalist and an advocate of privacy-enhancing and censorship-resistant technologies.

Amber O'Hearn, MScFeatured Speaker

Amber O’Hearn has an eclectic background, with academic publications in several fields including theoretical mathematics, cognitive psychology, computational linguistics, and more recently, evolutionary nutrition and biology. She has been studying and experimenting with low-carb diets of some form or other for the last 25 years, the last half of which has been specifically the Carnivore Diet, which she helped bring into modern awareness by giving the first conference talks on the diet in 2017, organising the first Carnivore conference in 2019, and writing the first scientific paper with "Carnivore Diet" in the title in 2020. Amber is a free speech maximalist and an advocate of privacy-enhancing and censorship-resistant technologies.

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Bret Scher, MDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Scher is a board-certified cardiologist, lipidologist, and leading expert in metabolic and ketogenic therapies, and is the Director of Metabolic Mind, a non-profit initiative of Baszucki Group.

Dr. Scher was the medical director at DietDoctor.com before becoming the director of Metabolic Mind. He also runs a preventive cardiology telemedicine practice at lowcarbcardiologist.com.

Bret has spent most of his 20-year career as a preventive cardiologist, helping people improve their metabolic health and prevent heart disease using low-carb nutrition and lifestyle interventions. Now Dr. Scher creates educational videos and podcasts regarding the connection between metabolic and mental health and how metabolic and ketogenic therapies can play a key role in mental health treatment. He believes we can revolutionize the mental health field through a greater understanding of metabolic therapies and therapeutic ketogenic interventions. You can find his content on The Metabolic Mind YouTube page and podcast and at www.metabolicmind.org.

Bret Scher, MDFeatured Speaker

Dr. Scher is a board-certified cardiologist, lipidologist, and leading expert in metabolic and ketogenic therapies, and is the Director of Metabolic Mind, a non-profit initiative of Baszucki Group.

Dr. Scher was the medical director at DietDoctor.com before becoming the director of Metabolic Mind. He also runs a preventive cardiology telemedicine practice at lowcarbcardiologist.com.

Bret has spent most of his 20-year career as a preventive cardiologist, helping people improve their metabolic health and prevent heart disease using low-carb nutrition and lifestyle interventions. Now Dr. Scher creates educational videos and podcasts regarding the connection between metabolic and mental health and how metabolic and ketogenic therapies can play a key role in mental health treatment. He believes we can revolutionize the mental health field through a greater understanding of metabolic therapies and therapeutic ketogenic interventions. You can find his content on The Metabolic Mind YouTube page and podcast and at www.metabolicmind.org.

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Jaime Seeman, MDFeatured Speaker

Jaime Seeman, MD is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist practicing in Omaha, Nebraska and also an author and speaker. Born and raised in Nebraska she played collegiate softball for the Cornhuskers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences. She graduated from medical school and completed her OBGYN residency at The University of Nebraska Medical Center. She currently is in private practice at Mid City OBGYN in Omaha, providing a full range of services in obstetrics, gynecology, robotic surgery and primary care. Jaime is a fellow in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona School of Medicine.

She is a board certified ketogenic nutrition specialist through The American Nutrition Association. She has a passion for fitness, preventative medicine and ketogenic therapy not only in her medical practice but in her own life. She is married to Ben, a police Sargent, and they have three young daughters. Dr. Seeman was Mrs. Nebraska of 2020. She appeared on NBC Titan games with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the summer of 2020. Jaime placed in the Top 15 at Mrs. America.

Jaime Seeman, MDFeatured Speaker

Jaime Seeman, MD is a board certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist practicing in Omaha, Nebraska and also an author and speaker. Born and raised in Nebraska she played collegiate softball for the Cornhuskers. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition, Exercise and Health Sciences. She graduated from medical school and completed her OBGYN residency at The University of Nebraska Medical Center. She currently is in private practice at Mid City OBGYN in Omaha, providing a full range of services in obstetrics, gynecology, robotic surgery and primary care. Jaime is a fellow in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona School of Medicine.

She is a board certified ketogenic nutrition specialist through The American Nutrition Association. She has a passion for fitness, preventative medicine and ketogenic therapy not only in her medical practice but in her own life. She is married to Ben, a police Sargent, and they have three young daughters. Dr. Seeman was Mrs. Nebraska of 2020. She appeared on NBC Titan games with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the summer of 2020. Jaime placed in the Top 15 at Mrs. America.

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Malcolm AchtmanCitizen Science Speaker

In May 2008, at age 58, Malcolm’s identical twin brother developed heart disease and underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery.
That got his attention, because growing up as identical twins, they always got the same diseases at the same time.
Malcolm’s brother got through it but the experience made him feel very vulnerable. He became a “student” of heart disease and began to learn everything he could to avoid his brother’s fate.
For most of his life, Malcolm ate a standard American diet. In December 2011, Malcolm read the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. He eliminated wheat and grains, reverting to a low carb diet, but received some shocking blood test results in October 2012. His total cholesterol and LDL had increased. He believes this was the first inkling of a LMHR response to his low carb diet.
In January 2018, Malcolm adopted an animal-based diet, higher in fat and protein and even lower in carbs. His lipid results have skyrocketed into the LMHR range.

By discovering that he is not alone, Malcolm has come to accept his “new normal.”

He looks forward to contributing to the “Citizen Scientist” component of the upcoming conference in Las Vegas.

Malcolm AchtmanCitizen Science Speaker

In May 2008, at age 58, Malcolm’s identical twin brother developed heart disease and underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery.
That got his attention, because growing up as identical twins, they always got the same diseases at the same time.
Malcolm’s brother got through it but the experience made him feel very vulnerable. He became a “student” of heart disease and began to learn everything he could to avoid his brother’s fate.
For most of his life, Malcolm ate a standard American diet. In December 2011, Malcolm read the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis. He eliminated wheat and grains, reverting to a low carb diet, but received some shocking blood test results in October 2012. His total cholesterol and LDL had increased. He believes this was the first inkling of a LMHR response to his low carb diet.
In January 2018, Malcolm adopted an animal-based diet, higher in fat and protein and even lower in carbs. His lipid results have skyrocketed into the LMHR range.

By discovering that he is not alone, Malcolm has come to accept his “new normal.”

He looks forward to contributing to the “Citizen Scientist” component of the upcoming conference in Las Vegas.

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Jessica AppleCitizen Science Speaker

Jessica Apple is a writer and editor, whose work has appeared in many publications including the New York Times and the Financial Times. She has a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Jess was diagnosed with LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) in 2008. She's been treating it with diet and exercise only since 2009. After discovering the benefits of a low carb diet for people with diabetes, Jess co-founded ASweetLife, a nonprofit low carb diabetes magazine. She served as its editor in chief for 12 years.

Today, Jess continues to write about metabolic health, with a particular interest in mental health and the effects of animal fat on the brain. She volunteers for Dr. Chris Palmer’s Brain Energy team.

Jessica AppleCitizen Science Speaker

Jessica Apple is a writer and editor, whose work has appeared in many publications including the New York Times and the Financial Times. She has a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. in Ancient Near Eastern Studies. Jess was diagnosed with LADA (latent autoimmune diabetes in adults) in 2008. She's been treating it with diet and exercise only since 2009. After discovering the benefits of a low carb diet for people with diabetes, Jess co-founded ASweetLife, a nonprofit low carb diabetes magazine. She served as its editor in chief for 12 years.

Today, Jess continues to write about metabolic health, with a particular interest in mental health and the effects of animal fat on the brain. She volunteers for Dr. Chris Palmer’s Brain Energy team.

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Peter BallerstedtCitizen Science Speaker

Peter Ballerstedt (also known as “Don Pedro, Sodfather of the Ruminati”) earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Georgia and his doctorate at the University of Kentucky. He was the forage extension specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 to 1992. He worked in the forage seed industry from 2011 until 2023. He is a member of several national and international scientific societies, participates in related global initiatives, and is the current President of the American Forage and Grassland Council. Peter’s personal experience has led him to re-examine human diet and health. What he has learned doesn’t agree with the advice given for the past several decades. Peter is an advocate for ruminant animal agriculture and the essential role of animal source foods in the human diet. He strives to build bridges between producers, consumers, and researchers across a wide variety of scientific disciplines – increasing awareness of metabolic health and ruminant animal agriculture’s essential role in social, economic, and ecological sustainability. Peter has spoken at many different events in the US and internationally. Many of his presentations are available on YouTube. Peter and Nancy live in western Oregon with their three dogs, Conor, Noni, and Iris.

Peter BallerstedtCitizen Science Speaker

Peter Ballerstedt (also known as “Don Pedro, Sodfather of the Ruminati”) earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the University of Georgia and his doctorate at the University of Kentucky. He was the forage extension specialist at Oregon State University from 1986 to 1992. He worked in the forage seed industry from 2011 until 2023. He is a member of several national and international scientific societies, participates in related global initiatives, and is the current President of the American Forage and Grassland Council. Peter’s personal experience has led him to re-examine human diet and health. What he has learned doesn’t agree with the advice given for the past several decades. Peter is an advocate for ruminant animal agriculture and the essential role of animal source foods in the human diet. He strives to build bridges between producers, consumers, and researchers across a wide variety of scientific disciplines – increasing awareness of metabolic health and ruminant animal agriculture’s essential role in social, economic, and ecological sustainability. Peter has spoken at many different events in the US and internationally. Many of his presentations are available on YouTube. Peter and Nancy live in western Oregon with their three dogs, Conor, Noni, and Iris.

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Carlos Barrios, MDCitizen Science Speaker

Dr. Carlos Barrios is an accomplished Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a passion for integrating metabolic and functional principles into psychiatric care. With over 20 years of experience, he operates a successful telepsychiatric practice serving multiple states. His expertise spans a range of psychiatric conditions, and he is dedicated to helping patients achieve medication independence through innovative approaches, including dietary interventions. Dr. Barrios is also a committed educator, sharing his knowledge and experiences to inspire others in the field.

Carlos Barrios, MDCitizen Science Speaker

Dr. Carlos Barrios is an accomplished Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatrist with a passion for integrating metabolic and functional principles into psychiatric care. With over 20 years of experience, he operates a successful telepsychiatric practice serving multiple states. His expertise spans a range of psychiatric conditions, and he is dedicated to helping patients achieve medication independence through innovative approaches, including dietary interventions. Dr. Barrios is also a committed educator, sharing his knowledge and experiences to inspire others in the field.

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Matt BaszuckiCitizen Science Speaker

Matt Baszucki is a patient advocate and co-host of the Bipolarcast podcast, along with Iain Cambell. Matt struggled with type 1 bipolar disorder for five years. He was hospitalized four times for manic psychosis, saw dozens of psychiatrists and specialists, and attended multiple treatment centers. In 2021, Matt used the ketogenic diet to treat and cure his disorder. Now, on their podcast, he and Iain interview other patients who have used metabolic therapies to treat their illnesses. They also discuss general metabolic interventions, including physical exercise, circadian rhythm management, and meditation. In his free time, you can find him digging into biographies, playing chess, practicing piano, or pushing weight at the gym.

Matt BaszuckiCitizen Science Speaker

Matt Baszucki is a patient advocate and co-host of the Bipolarcast podcast, along with Iain Cambell. Matt struggled with type 1 bipolar disorder for five years. He was hospitalized four times for manic psychosis, saw dozens of psychiatrists and specialists, and attended multiple treatment centers. In 2021, Matt used the ketogenic diet to treat and cure his disorder. Now, on their podcast, he and Iain interview other patients who have used metabolic therapies to treat their illnesses. They also discuss general metabolic interventions, including physical exercise, circadian rhythm management, and meditation. In his free time, you can find him digging into biographies, playing chess, practicing piano, or pushing weight at the gym.

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Susan BruniCitizen Science Speaker

Retired Electrical Engineer and former X-ray Tech, whose husband is a retired Clinical Laboratory Scientist. I was a LMHR Study participant and formerly weighed nearly twice my current weight.

Susan BruniCitizen Science Speaker

Retired Electrical Engineer and former X-ray Tech, whose husband is a retired Clinical Laboratory Scientist. I was a LMHR Study participant and formerly weighed nearly twice my current weight.

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Martha CarlinCitizen Science Speaker

Martha is a Citizen Scientist and founder of The BioCollective a microbiome research company. Her journey began 21 years ago when her 44 year old husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She has spoken at the Whitehouse and TedX about the need for interdisciplinary science and the connections between the microbiome and Parkinson’s. She is also the founder of BiotiQuest brand of patented probiotics that build guilds of microbes to restore lost function and balance to the gut.

Martha CarlinCitizen Science Speaker

Martha is a Citizen Scientist and founder of The BioCollective a microbiome research company. Her journey began 21 years ago when her 44 year old husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She has spoken at the Whitehouse and TedX about the need for interdisciplinary science and the connections between the microbiome and Parkinson’s. She is also the founder of BiotiQuest brand of patented probiotics that build guilds of microbes to restore lost function and balance to the gut.

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Peter Delannoy, PhDCitizen Science Speaker

Dr. Peter Delannoy

Ph.D. Biochemistry, Nutrition Network Health Practitioner, MHP, Writer, speaker, experienced health coach with 5 years in reversal and remission of T2D, Obesity, CVD, Gout, CKD.

Peter Delannoy, PhDCitizen Science Speaker

Dr. Peter Delannoy

Ph.D. Biochemistry, Nutrition Network Health Practitioner, MHP, Writer, speaker, experienced health coach with 5 years in reversal and remission of T2D, Obesity, CVD, Gout, CKD.

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Siobhan HugginsCitizen Science Speaker

Siobhan Huggins is the research specialist with the Lipedema Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on advocacy, education, and research into lipedema. Siobhan was diagnosed with lipedema in 2021 and now works closely with the lipedema community primarily focusing on the use of ketogenic diets, gentle approaches to nutritional therapy, and the use of self experimentation in managing a complex disorder.

Siobhan HugginsCitizen Science Speaker

Siobhan Huggins is the research specialist with the Lipedema Project, a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on advocacy, education, and research into lipedema. Siobhan was diagnosed with lipedema in 2021 and now works closely with the lipedema community primarily focusing on the use of ketogenic diets, gentle approaches to nutritional therapy, and the use of self experimentation in managing a complex disorder.

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Michelle Hurn, RD LDCitizen Science Speaker

Michelle Hurn RD LD, Ultra Runner, Author of The Dietitian’s Dilemma Michelle Hurn is a registered and licensed dietitian with eleven years of experience as a clinical, acute care dietitian, lead dietitian in psychiatric care, and outpatient dietitian. Michelle is the co-author of the article: “Animal Based Ketogenic diet puts severe anorexia nervosa into multiyear remission, a case series”. Published in The Journal of Insulin Resistance Michelle is an endurance athlete, and she has competed in 13 marathons and 4 ultra marathons. Michelle won her first Ultra Marathon covering 44.63 miles in a 6-hour time frame (8.04-minute mile pace). Michelle also won the Tunnel Hill 50-mile race clocking 7.03.01 (8.28 pace) in 2021, won the Strawberry Fields 100k trail run covering 62 miles in 10.05.56. (9.45 pace) and won the Jack Pot Ultra 50 miler in 7.56.52 (9.32 pace).

Michelle Hurn, RD LDCitizen Science Speaker

Michelle Hurn RD LD, Ultra Runner, Author of The Dietitian’s Dilemma Michelle Hurn is a registered and licensed dietitian with eleven years of experience as a clinical, acute care dietitian, lead dietitian in psychiatric care, and outpatient dietitian. Michelle is the co-author of the article: “Animal Based Ketogenic diet puts severe anorexia nervosa into multiyear remission, a case series”. Published in The Journal of Insulin Resistance Michelle is an endurance athlete, and she has competed in 13 marathons and 4 ultra marathons. Michelle won her first Ultra Marathon covering 44.63 miles in a 6-hour time frame (8.04-minute mile pace). Michelle also won the Tunnel Hill 50-mile race clocking 7.03.01 (8.28 pace) in 2021, won the Strawberry Fields 100k trail run covering 62 miles in 10.05.56. (9.45 pace) and won the Jack Pot Ultra 50 miler in 7.56.52 (9.32 pace).

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Stephen Hussey, MS, DCCitizen Science Speaker

Dr. Stephen Hussey MS, DC is a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner. He attained both his Doctorate of Chiropractic and Masters in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States in Portland, OR. He is a health coach, speaker, and the author of two books on health; The Health Evolution: Why Understanding Evolution is the Key to Vibrant Health and Understanding The Heart: Surprising Insights Into The Evolutionary Origins Of Heart Disease - And Why It Matters. Dr. Hussey guides clients from around the world back to health by using the latest research and health attaining strategies. In his down time, he likes to be outdoors, play sports, read, write, and travel.

Stephen Hussey, MS, DCCitizen Science Speaker

Dr. Stephen Hussey MS, DC is a Chiropractor and Functional Medicine practitioner. He attained both his Doctorate of Chiropractic and Masters in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States in Portland, OR. He is a health coach, speaker, and the author of two books on health; The Health Evolution: Why Understanding Evolution is the Key to Vibrant Health and Understanding The Heart: Surprising Insights Into The Evolutionary Origins Of Heart Disease - And Why It Matters. Dr. Hussey guides clients from around the world back to health by using the latest research and health attaining strategies. In his down time, he likes to be outdoors, play sports, read, write, and travel.

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Jeremy MalechaCitizen Science Speaker

Jeremy Malecha is CEO and co-founder of Biocanic with over 20 years of healthcare and software related experience. Prior to Biocanic, he was the Vice President of Strategy in ResMed’s SaaS Business. Across his 10+ year career at ResMed he also held senior leadership roles overseeing global product management across the product portfolio and was the lead person behind the conceptualization and launch of the ResMed digital health ecosystem. Today, Jeremy is a catalyst for building a new integrative medicine marketplace rooted in the power of health intelligence and consumer advocacy so society can take back control of their health and wellness in a post pandemic world. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in addition to multiple patents in signal processing for medical applications.

Jeremy MalechaCitizen Science Speaker

Jeremy Malecha is CEO and co-founder of Biocanic with over 20 years of healthcare and software related experience. Prior to Biocanic, he was the Vice President of Strategy in ResMed’s SaaS Business. Across his 10+ year career at ResMed he also held senior leadership roles overseeing global product management across the product portfolio and was the lead person behind the conceptualization and launch of the ResMed digital health ecosystem. Today, Jeremy is a catalyst for building a new integrative medicine marketplace rooted in the power of health intelligence and consumer advocacy so society can take back control of their health and wellness in a post pandemic world. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University in addition to multiple patents in signal processing for medical applications.

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Darius SharpeCitizen Science Speaker

My name is Darius Sharpe. I've worked in healthcare for 22 years: 3 years as an EMT, 13 years as a paramedic, and 6 years as an ER nurse. I'm a fitness and health enthusiast, and regularly compete in endurance events such as Spartan Races and marathons. Even though I've always been in very good health, I discovered some years back that I was pre-diabetic, and in the summer of 2023, I found out I had a CAC score of 44 at the age of 39! Since then, I've put a lot of effort into figuring out why that is the case, and what to do about it.

Darius SharpeCitizen Science Speaker

My name is Darius Sharpe. I've worked in healthcare for 22 years: 3 years as an EMT, 13 years as a paramedic, and 6 years as an ER nurse. I'm a fitness and health enthusiast, and regularly compete in endurance events such as Spartan Races and marathons. Even though I've always been in very good health, I discovered some years back that I was pre-diabetic, and in the summer of 2023, I found out I had a CAC score of 44 at the age of 39! Since then, I've put a lot of effort into figuring out why that is the case, and what to do about it.

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Raphael SirtoliCitizen Science Speaker

Raphael Sirtoli is a Senior Medical Researcher for Ancestralize and the Chief Scientific Officer of Clinica Pero medical clinic. Raphael has experience working closely with doctors on patient cases, running neuroscience animal experiments and working in cell cultures to assess metabolic profiles. He has also published in the field of paleoanthropology. He has an MSc in Molecular Biology which led him to characterize the metabolism of cancer cells versus normal ones. He was awarded the Marie-Curie Early Stage Research 14 grant (ESR14), and used it to do 4 years of a Health Sciences PhD on the topic of anti-psychotics and ketogenic diets in schizophrenia.

Raphael SirtoliCitizen Science Speaker

Raphael Sirtoli is a Senior Medical Researcher for Ancestralize and the Chief Scientific Officer of Clinica Pero medical clinic. Raphael has experience working closely with doctors on patient cases, running neuroscience animal experiments and working in cell cultures to assess metabolic profiles. He has also published in the field of paleoanthropology. He has an MSc in Molecular Biology which led him to characterize the metabolism of cancer cells versus normal ones. He was awarded the Marie-Curie Early Stage Research 14 grant (ESR14), and used it to do 4 years of a Health Sciences PhD on the topic of anti-psychotics and ketogenic diets in schizophrenia.

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2 Krazy Ketos (Joe & Rachel Stauffer)Citizen Science Speaker

Joe and Rachel are happily married with 3 wonderful boys: John Paul, Anthony and Caleb. After years of trying every type of weight loss plan you can think of, from severe calorie restriction to CrossFit, we decided to try the ketogenic lifestyle. Thankful for the opportunity to look forward to a happy and healthy future with their three adult sons, Joe and Rachel are excited to share their keto journey and hopefully encourage other families to change their diet and change their lives. After discovering the keto diet in 2017 and experiencing life-changing health results, we made it our mission to share our testimony with as many people as possible. It is our great hope to encourage others who, like us, have experienced both lifelong weight struggles and discouraging medical concerns. Learning first-hand that diagnoses like morbid obesity, diabetes, arthritis, digestive issues and chronic pain don’t have to be a life sentence is a game changer for our family. And, we want you and your family to experience improved health, as well.

2 Krazy Ketos (Joe & Rachel Stauffer)Citizen Science Speaker

Joe and Rachel are happily married with 3 wonderful boys: John Paul, Anthony and Caleb. After years of trying every type of weight loss plan you can think of, from severe calorie restriction to CrossFit, we decided to try the ketogenic lifestyle. Thankful for the opportunity to look forward to a happy and healthy future with their three adult sons, Joe and Rachel are excited to share their keto journey and hopefully encourage other families to change their diet and change their lives. After discovering the keto diet in 2017 and experiencing life-changing health results, we made it our mission to share our testimony with as many people as possible. It is our great hope to encourage others who, like us, have experienced both lifelong weight struggles and discouraging medical concerns. Learning first-hand that diagnoses like morbid obesity, diabetes, arthritis, digestive issues and chronic pain don’t have to be a life sentence is a game changer for our family. And, we want you and your family to experience improved health, as well.

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Stephen ZwickCitizen Science Speaker

I originally wanted to be an applied chemist but ended up being an architect specializing in restaurant design with a professional degree from Cornell University and professional registration at one time in 18 states. Now I'm semi-retired and more passionate about microbial ecology...that is how various microbial biomes are interconnected plus impact plant, animal (including human) and environmental health.

Stephen ZwickCitizen Science Speaker

I originally wanted to be an applied chemist but ended up being an architect specializing in restaurant design with a professional degree from Cornell University and professional registration at one time in 18 states. Now I'm semi-retired and more passionate about microbial ecology...that is how various microbial biomes are interconnected plus impact plant, animal (including human) and environmental health.

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